EAL/D Professional Development – Alecia Gooch
This professional development highlighted the important distinction between the now outdated term of ESL (English as a Second Language) and that individuals acquire English as an additional language or dialect. These first languages should be encouraged at school, and home for social, emotional and academic reasons as students also develop their use of English. Participants explored research to support the development of bilingualism globally and developed a range of key strategies to help EAL/D students access content in the classroom. We were introduced to using Progress Maps as a way of tracking and informing the language acquisition of EAL/D students.
Saint of the Day – March 8 – Saint John of God, Religious
The Memorial of Saint John of God, Religious
Saint John of God, Religious is the Patron Saint of Booksellers, Hospitals, Nurses, The mentally ill and the dying
Saint John of God, Religious Short life History
Nothing in John’s early life foreshadowed his future sanctity. He ran away as a boy from his home in Portugal, tended sheep and cattle in Spain, and served as a soldier against the French, and afterwards against the Turks.
When about forty years of age, feeling remorse for his wild life, he resolved to devote himself to the ransom of the Christian slaves in Africa, and went thither with the family of an exiled noble, which he maintained by his labour.
For some time he was alone in his charitable work soliciting by night the needful supplies, and by day attending scrupulously to the needs of his patients and the rare of the hospital; but he soon received the co-operation of charitable priests and physicians.
Among the many miracles which are related of the saint the most famous is the one commemorated in the Office of his feast, his rescue of all the inmates during a fire in the Grand Hospital at Granada, he himself passing through the flames unscathed. His boundless charity extended to widows and orphans, those out of employment,
poor students, and fallen women. After thirteen years of severe mortification, unceasing prayer, and devotion to his patients, he died amid the lamentations of all the inhabitants of Granada. His last illness had resulted from a heroic but futile effort to save a young man from drowning. The magistrates and nobility of the city crowded about his death-bed to express their gratitude for his services to the poor, and he was buried with the pomp usually reserved for princes.
Patron Saint and national apostle of Ireland, credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland and probably responsible in part for the Christianization of the Picts and Anglo-Saxons. He is known only from two short works, the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Letter to Coroticus, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish Christians.
Born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century, he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped but returned about 432 to convert the Irish to Christianity. By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established monasteries, churches, and schools. Many legends grew up around him—for example, that he drove the snakes out of Ireland and used the shamrock to explain the Trinity. Ireland came to celebrate his day with religious services and feasts. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
The Year Fours have made a great start to the year by quickly learning expectations and jumping into all learning areas with enthusiasm! In Maths, we have commenced the year by studying five-digit numbers and addition. We have been creating graphs to see how fluently we read aloud in Reading, and revising our graphemes, phonemes and segmenting in the first four units of Soundwaves. In Writing, we are working on informative texts and have integrated our learning of environments in Geography to research and write an information report about an environment in Australia. During Religious Education, we have been focusing on Baptism by learning about the symbols, signs and special gifts we receive when we are Baptised.
Finally, in Technologies the Year Fours have loved becoming engineers to research, plan and build a bridge out of classroom materials that is at least 50cm long. Here are our successful bridges from yesterday!
Year 4 Teacher
Week 5, Term 1 2021
What an exciting first three weeks we have had in Music! It has been full of fun, laughter and some wonderful singing, dancing and playing of instruments.
Lower Primary students have been learning songs and dances about various farm animals, funny stories and have played many wild and wacky instruments! The Upper Primary children have had so much fun immersing themselves into dramas to brush up their performance and audience etiquette, ready for a year of many awesome performances.
The 1st photo below is of the Kindy students pretending to be galloping horses on a farm as they learn a song called ‘I have a Little Pony’, and here are some photos of the Year 5 students having a ball performing and watching their peers in Drama.
The children at Loreto are so talented and all have such positive attitudes towards music – I can’t wait to see what they will achieve this year! It has only been a bit over three weeks teaching here but I can confidently say that I already thoroughly love teaching here at Loreto! The children, staff and parents have all made me feel so welcome and I feel like I am right where I belong, so I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone!
Poppies for ANZAC Day Ceremony
Dear Loreto Community,
I’m reaching out to see if any parents/grandparents/family members who are talented in arts & crafts, would be able to volunteer their time in helping us create some poppies for our ANZAC Day music item.
We are hoping to make some big, red poppies for all children from Pre Primary – Year 6 (165 students) to hold up during the performance of the song. The poppies will be stored and used each year for ANZAC Day, so they will need to be fairly durable.
Here is a video for inspiration – the children hold up poppies towards the end: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_1RFUEbpmw
The poppies will be needed by Week 1, Term 2. We will meet up with Miya Maeda the Art teacher soon.
If anyone can volunteer their time in helping us make the poppies, can you please contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 12 March.
It’s so nice to see all the children back in the library, having fun exploring all our new books. We have a visitor who has made our library his home. Let’s hope the very hungry caterpillar doesn’t munch on our books!!!!!
From Melina Dichiera
World’s Greatest Shave
Samuel (Sambo) Lawrance is shaving on 12 March to help beat blood cancer.
I’m taking part in the World’s Greatest Shave for the Leukaemia Foundation! I’m on a mission to shave the world from blood cancer. Please sponsor me to give families facing blood cancer the emotional and practical support they need. You’ll also fund vital research to help more people survive blood cancers, while improving their quality of life. Everyday another 47 Australians are diagnosed with a blood cancer. That’s one Aussie every 31 minutes. Although research is improving survival, sadly an Australian loses their life to blood cancer every two hours. Will you help by sponsoring me? Click on the link below to sponsor:
The Fathering Project
Mental health and wellness tips for dads
Men’s mental health has been a big focus in Australia in recent years and there have been many improvements in services and much bigger utilisation of these supports by men in general.
However, mental health issues are still having an impact on men’s physical health overall. The majority of the burden of disease linked to mental health disorders experienced by men is 52.3%, and that’s too high on my watch.
The good news is that in recent Australian studies, men have reported using numerous strategies to positively maintain their mental health and wellbeing.
The top 10 strategies they reported using from top to bottom are:
- Eating healthily (54% do this regularly)
- Keep myself busy (50%)
- Exercise (45%)
- Use humour to reframe my thoughts/feelings (41%)
- Do something to help another person (36%)
- Spend time with a pet (35%)
- Accept my sad feelings ‘this will pass too’ (33%)
- Achieve something (big or small) (31%)
- Hang out with people who are positive (31 %)
- Distract myself from negative thoughts/feelings (30%)
If you are struggling, call Lifeline on 131 114, or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636. If children are struggling, they can call Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 or Youth Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.